How to Feed a Lawyer (and Other Irreverent Observations from the Legal Underground)

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One of the more interesting responses I have read about this idea is how it will affect the job market. By requiring students to complete a year of free or nearly free work, it risks cutting out a lot of the low paying job opportunities available to freshly minted lawyers, which means law schools are then accelerating the employment problem in the legal community. It also risks suppressing salaries for attorneys (and paralegals, for that matter) by putting a lot of free labor into the market.

There's also the issue of what to do with students who complete their two years of education and cannot find an apprenticeship because they are on the bottom side of the curve. It's hard enough for those people to find internships and summer positions now. I find it hard to believe requiring an employer to commit an entire year to that student will improve those students' opportunities.

Laura Hogan

Completely agree - Not enough focus is given to work experience during University - a few weeks a year really isn't enough! Laura @ Hartlepool Solicitors

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